Secret negotiations between China and the Dalai Lama will resume next month, amid growing signs that Tibet’s spiritual leader is preparing to cut a historic deal allowing him to return to Tibet after almost half a century in exile.
High up on a dusty plateau in the village of Taktser lies the only shrine to the Dalai Lama to be found in China. It is in the house where he was born, and is lovingly cared for by a nephew.
Now that Taiwan feels it has righted a historical wrong by giving up its claim to Mongolia, it is moving to establish ties with the Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile. This is presented as another move to get rid of historical baggage, of which Taiwan has more than its fair share.
Seven Buddhist monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery kicked off their visit to Borrego Springs yesterday with a special performance at the local high school.